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Rome, 2 May 2011 – The potential for agriculture to contribute to economic growth and development in Africa will be in the spotlight as heads of state, agriculture ministers and experts, and leaders from the private sector gather in Cape Town for the presentation of the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s Rural Poverty Report 2011 in Africa on 3 May.
28 March 2011 – The deputy head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stressed the need for Southern Sudan, which is scheduled to become an independent nation in July, to prioritize issues such as birth registration and immunization and to invest in programmes to ensure the progress and well-being of young people.
WASHINGTON, March 22, 2011-- The World Bank’s Board of Directors today approved a 5-year credit and grant to the Government of Benin in the amount of US$46 million (about FCFA22 billion) for the Agricultural Productivity and DiversificationProject. The financing packageincludes an IDA credit of US$6 million, a US$25 million IDA grant, and a US$15 million grant from the Global Food Crisis Response Program (GFRP).
Rome – 24 March - With nearly 2.4 million poor people in Kenya’s rural communities struggling to get enough to eat, Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), arrives in Nairobi on 26 March to offer his agency’s support.
Rome, 24 March 2011 – A US$21.1 million loan from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to the Republic of Mozambique will enhance artisanal fisheries and increase the incomes of poor rural households in fishing communities, the United Nations rural poverty agency has announced.
CAIRO – WFP has stepped up provision of food to hungry people crossing Libya’s borders, while bringing in portable warehouses and office equipment in order to be ready should greater needs emerge in the region. Read operational update
So far, WFP has moved more than 1,500 metric tons of food into Eastern Libya – enough to feed more than 100,000 people for a month -- and pre-positioned more than 6,000 metric tons of food in emergency supplies.
Rome, 15 March 2011 – A US$ 39.2 million Agricultural Value Chain Development Programme will help reduce poverty and boost the local economy of the mountain zones of Taza Province in Morocco.
About 48,000 poor rural people – smallholders, landless farmers, rural women and unemployed young people – living in the area will benefit from the programme.
IFAD will provide a loan of US$22.5 million and a grant of US$0.5 million to finance the programme. An agreement was signed today at IFAD headquarters by Hassan Abouyoub, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Italy and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD.
8 March 2011 – The United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, arrived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today for a two-day visit during which she will travel to two of the country’s regions most affected by conflict – the provinces of North Kivu and Orientale in the north-east.
“The situation in the DRC receives far less attention than it deserves,” said Ms. Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on arrival in Kinshasa, the capital of the central African country.
Rome, 4 March 2011 – In an effort to improve the lives and livelihoods of poor rural people living along Ecuador’s Ibarra-San Lorenzo corridor, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a loan agreement 4 March for approximately US$12.7 million.